20 closest finishes in Iditarod history

March 10, 2008 

The 2008 Iditarod is coming down to the wire between veteran Jeff King and recent can't-lose musher, Lance Mackey. We've got the top 20 closest finishes in Iditarod history, including the 1978 race decided by one second.

*(No. 1) 1978: Dick Mackey beat Rick Swenson by 1 second.

*(No. 2)1982: Rick Swenson beat Susan Butcher by 4 minutes.

*(No. 3) 1977: Rick Swenson beat Jerry Riley by 5 minutes.

*(No. 4) 1975: Emmitt Peters beat Jerry Riley by 27 minutes.

*(No. 5) 1993: Jeff King beat DeeDee Jonrowe by 33 minutes.

*(No. 6) 2005: Robert Sorlie beat Ed Iten by 34 minutes.

*(No. 7) 1979: Rick Swenson beat Emmitt Peters by 41 minutes.

*(No. 8) 1981: Rick Swenson beat Sonny Lindner by 48 minutes.

*(No. 9) 1986: Susan Butcher beat Joe Garnie by 55 minutes.

*(No. 10) 1989: Joe Runyan beat Susan Butcher by 1 hour, 5 minutes.

*(No. 11) 1984: Dean Osmar beat Susan Butcher by 1 hour, 34 minutes.

*(No. 12) 1983: Rick Mackey beat Eep Anderson by 1 hour, 40 minutes.

*(No. 13) 2003: Robert Sorlie beat Ramy Brooks by 1 hour, 49 minutes.

*(No. 14) 2002: Martin Buser beat Ramy Brooks by 2 hours, 3 minutes.

*(No. 15) 2007: Lance Mackey beat Paul Gebhardt by 2 hours, 19 minutes.

*(No. 16) 2004: Mitch Seavey beat Jeff King by 2 hours, 21 minutes.

*(No. 17) 1985: Libby Riddles beat Duane Halverson by 2 hours, 26 minutes.

*(No. 18) 1990: Susan Butcher beat Joe Runyan by 2 hours, 28 minutes.

*(No. 19) 1996: Jeff King beat Doug Swingley by 2 hours, 49 minutes.

*(No. 20) 1994: Martin Buser beat Rick Mackey by 2 hours, 50 minutes.

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